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Northeast Texas Choral Society rocks the house with ‘A Mixed Bag’

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The sound that rumbled through Sulphur Springs Saturday night and Sunday afternoon might have sounded like thunder, but it had nothing to do with the 3.59 inches of rain that came from the sky.

The solid wall of sound came from the 105 singers of the Northeast Texas Choral Society during “A Mixed Bag,” their annual spring program.

“The comments we’ve had all say that this was our best program ever,” said NETCS Music Director Carol Allen.

The group stepped outside the box with this performance, opening with Ike and Tina Turner’s rousing rendition of “Proud Mary,” and continued with Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” a medley from “Jersey Boys,” and “Mama Mia!”

At various times during the performance, the singers took props from their brightly-decorated shopping bags. Feathered boas, sparkly headbands and dancing Barbies added color – and fun – to the numbers.

The highlight of Sunday’s matinee performance began with a tribute to the rock group Queen, with “special” Wildcat-related props popping up all over the stage during “We are the Champions,” a nod to Sulphur Springs’ 4A Division II state football title.

However, the program’s most moving moments came when Caleb Frazier, Colton Frazier and Marlon Chisom took turns at the microphone during an emotional  arrangement of “Amazing Grace.”

The “surprise” Allen promised earlier in the week was a bagpipe solo by Pipe Major Robert G. Richardson, of Glascow, Scotland, member of the Supreme Champions of the World. The crowd around me was on its feet before Richardson blew his final note.

 

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